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A Year in Rock Creek Park

DC's Wild, Wondrous Heart

Ecological, Historical & Poetic Explorations of Rock Creek Park

When many people think of our nation's capital, they focus on its political life. Yet residents here know our city environment encompasses much more than federal politics. At its heart lies my favorite area, Rock Creek Park. Over double the size of Central Park, it includes forests, streams, hills, fields, recreational and historical sites. Here residents and tourists can escape from urban stress, slow down, engage in recreation, and commune with nature.

Stranger Tides

Take to the Seas!

Nautical Novels & Nonfiction

They say that the sea is a cruel mistress, harsh and fickle. But she is also alluring, holding a beautiful, spellbinding power over many of us that can define entire lives, communities and even empires. Whether you like to keep a respectful distance from the shore or dive headfirst under the waves, it’s hard to deny the power of a good sea song. Below are a few titles that capture the mystery, danger, and grandeur of the ocean, from heart-wrenching to historical, fact to fantasy.  

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Awesome Relations

Authors Who are Related

Here are some well-known authors who you might not have known were related! It's common in the literary world to have authors with the same last name, first name or both, but when you find out they have something else in common, it’s extra special. Here is a list of authors who are either related by blood or marriage and who write about some of the same themes as their family members.  

Slouching Towards Bethlehem

Books of 1968

1968 was one of the most eventful and tumultuous years of the 20th century. Here are a few books of lasting relevance that were published that year.  

Jaws

Sinister Summer

Beach Books with a Terrifying Twist

Do you like your frolicking to be a little frightful? Your picnics with a dose of panic? Your travels to have a touch of terror? Then fear no more, because here is a list of books for the reader who likes their summer scary—on the page, at least. Whether it’s something from the Master of Horror or an '80s exorcism throwback or a true crime account whose culprit just made headlines, each of these titles is sure to give you a chill on all those hot, muggy days we have ahead of us; happy Summer Challenge!  

Bitter in the Mouth

Worlds Where Senses Mix, Part Two

Explorations of Synesthesia in Adult and Teen Fiction

The last few decades have seen a resurgence of interest in synesthesia, the neurological condition in which a stimulus of one sense involuntarily evokes another sense (such as hearing colors or tasting words). Not only has synesthesia become a well-developed area of research within neuroscience, but many new works of literature, along with new attention on certain older works, have broadened awareness of this fascinating phenomenon.

Library of Congress

Library of Congress Kids Writing Contest Announced

Rising fifth and sixth graders asked to write about “A Book That Shaped Me”

The Library of Congress National Book Festival's “A Book That Shaped Me” Summer Writing Contest encourages rising fifth and sixth graders to reflect on a book that has made a personal impact on thei

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Parklands-Turner YA Read Feed Book Club

Call for Submissions of Teen Book Review Teasers

Teens: Have you recently read a really great book? Do you have a favorite book that you'd like to recommend to other teens?   Do you want to earn additional community service hours? Accomplish all of these each time you write a book review that gets published on the Parklands-Turner Library page.  Submit your one-page review to Young Adult and Teen Specialist Auset Whaley.

Children of Blood and Bone

Toto, I Don't Think We're in Middle-Earth Anymore

African, East Asian, and Middle Eastern Inspired Fantasy

Look, I love a good ole traditional sword-and-sorcery fantasy story complete with castles, dragons, and sundry knights, but these medieval European-inspired epics have cluttered mainstream fantasy for long enough. From J.R.R. Tolkien’s godfather of modern fantasy The Lord of the Rings to George R.R.

Strange Weather by Joe Hill

Goosebumps for Grown-Ups

Stories about Ghosts, Goblins, and God Knows What

"Reader, beware... You're in for a scare!" So, you're in your 30s, you live alone, and just as your head hits the pillow, you hear a sound in your kitchen. *CREEEEAAK* Is it just the house settling? Could it be the furnace? The ice maker? Surely, it's just the cat... but... the cat is right there beside you in bed. Could it be, in fact, a ghost from beyond the grave?

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